By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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The Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher has inspired many people to create mathematical artwork.  This elegant cut-and-fold paper model of Escher’s famous lithograph, Relativity, is a virtuoso homage to Escher’s genius.

Bryan Peele designed this construction, which is cut from a single sheet of 8.5 by 11 inch paper and cleverly locks together without glue or tape.

The full scale version of his template, to print, cut, and fold your own paper copy, is available here. Note that Escher’s original design really is constructible in 3D. It is not a perspective trick or optical illusion, and so has also been realized in Lego and other materials.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cory-Poole/785715986 Cory Poole

    I’ve made this before from this diagram. It turns out really cool. Doesn’t take that long either. Probably about an hour.

  • http://twitter.com/chuckvideo chuck weiss

    Amazing, and so simple!

  • smily baby

    Mindblowing

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